Tomorrow morning Rous County Council will be holding a special meeting to decide whether to extend the public comment period on the Rous Future Water Project 2060.
The centrepiece of the project is a large new dam to be built on Rocky Creek between Dunoon and The Channon, to supply water to the four Shires of Byron, Lismore, Ballina and Richmond Valley.
Photos below show the area around the proposed dam wall, less than a kilometre away from the Rocky Creek crossing near Coronation Park, where the Channon Market is held, as well as a number of signs put up by locals who are opposed to the dam.
Yesterday Echonetdaily spoke to people from immediately neighbouring properties, who are alarmed and anxious about the dam plans, which they thought had been abandoned some years ago.
A community action meeting was held in The Channon last weekend, and an information stall is planned for the Channon Market this Sunday.
Rous County Council is inviting public feedback on the Future Water Project 2060, which you can make here.
Photos David Lowe
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